This 4.9% ABV beer pours a clear and bright orangish light copper and light amber in color. There is about an inch of creamy, foamy off-white head that leaves medium lacing down the glass. The aroma is bright and tangy, light stone fruit, a touch of slightly sweet malt, toasted, caramel malt with hints of tea with lemon. The taste is a nice balance of the aromas, tangy, fruity, bright, toasted and caramel. There is a wave of grassy bitterness and a lingering fruity and bitter finish. There is some tea and tobacco in the aftertaste. Cheers to this grandpappy of craft beers!
(An older picture, about two years old, you can see the changes in the label)
And again in 2016:
The beer pours a gleaming amber and copper in color. There is about an inch of white to off-white foamy head that leaves light lacing on the glass. The aroma lightly toasted, lightly sweet, light caramel. The taste follows the aromas, with a mild bitterness on the finish. There is sweetness, but the finish is dry. The beer drinks smooth with moderate carbonation. This is pleasant and highly drinkable.